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  • Summary: New York radio host Erica Bain has a life that she loves and a fiancé she adores. But all of it is taken from her when a brutal attack leaves Erica badly wounded and her fiancé dead. Unable to move past the tragedy, Erica begins prowling the city streets at night to track down the men she holds responsible. Her dark pursuit of justice catches the public's attention, and the city is riveted by her anonymous exploits. But with the NYPD desperate to find the culprit and a dogged police detective hot on her trail, she must decide whether her quest for revenge is truly the right path or if she is becoming the very thing she is trying to stop. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. 88
    Where did Hollywood get the conviction that audiences demand an ending that lets them off the hook? Foster doesn't let herself off the hook in The Brave One, and we should be as brave as she is.
  2. The Brave One is "Death Wish" with a guilty conscience, and while it may be a bit of a hypocrite as vigilante thrillers go, the internal contradictions of the thing make for a very interesting picture.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Taken literally, almost everything that follows in The Brave One so seriously strains credibility (even by the standards of the genre) as to enter the realm of the absurd. Taken on the level of a menacing urban fairy tale, however--something akin to what Jane Campion was aiming for with "In the Cut"--it's strangely fascinating.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    If only The Brave One had captured more of the complex nature of the fear and paranoia plaguing society since 9/11. Instead, it is a well-made but predictable take on the revenge fantasy thriller, with a female twist.
  5. Everything about Foster's ocular intensity is riveting, but little in this hushed vigilante drama makes sense.
  6. 50
    Formulaic and creaky as a Harrison Ford action sequence, but sufficiently gussied up with good actors and a decent director so that you don’t entirely mind.
  7. The film moves from cliché to cliché and hemorrhages blood and logic at an alarming rate.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 33
  2. Negative: 6 out of 33
  1. Sep 3, 2011
    Un film/débat sur le sujet de l'auto-défense aux Etats-Unis, dirigé par Neil Jordan (Entretien avec un Vampires), avec une flamboyante Jodie Foster en tête d'affiche, aurait pu être un nouveau chef-d'oeuvre du thriller. Malheureusement, c'est loin d'être le cas... La faute à un montage brouillon, empirant une mise en scène assez déroutante, et à une bande originale trop calme, qui gâchent littéralement la première partie du film en lui faisant perdre un atout de taille : une puissance visuelle. Des séquences qui perdent de leur force dans un tel film, c'est bien plus qu'un comble! A Vif n'en reste pas moins un film bien interprété et poignant, mais qui aurait pu être bien plus qu'un thriller de bas étage. Expand
  2. Dec 7, 2011
    Yes the film is rather generic and predictable but Jodi Foster makes this film and her performance alone makes this film worth seeing. Not that bad if you ask me. Expand

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